When it comes to household budgets, you might think that septic cleaning is a good place to save some money. Unfortunately, postponing septic services to save money may end up costing you more in the long run. Here are three potential problems you could face by postponing your septic cleaning.
Your septic tank contains all the waste that you flush out of your house. Whether it flows through the toilets, the tubs or the sinks, virtually all the solid and liquid waste makes its way through to the septic tank. As your tank fills with waste, it's also filling up with gases. If you take too long having your septic tank emptied, those gases will build up and escape through drain pipes. When that happens, you'll start smelling septic odors coming up through your drains. If you've started smelling raw sewage in your home, it's time to have your septic tank pumped.
If you don't have your septic tank cleaned after the foul odors begin, you'll probably start noticing an increase in the number of clogs you have to deal with. As your septic tank fills up, it will be more difficult to make room for the waste that gets flushed through the drains. Raw sewage, toilet paper, and even the food that you send through the garbage disposal will get stuck inside the drain pipes, which means you're going to have to deal with clogs. If you're dealing with clogs that don't clear up with your household plunger, you may have a septic tank that's too full to accommodate the additional waste.
Finally, if your septic tank has reached maximum capacity, your waste is going to have nowhere else to go. As a result, you may end up with raw sewage backing up into places it doesn't belong.
Your bathtub is the first place you're going to find raw sewage once your septic tank backs up. This is because it's a straight drain pipe from the tub to the septic tank. Depending on the severity of the backup, you'll either have brown sewage water or solid waste in your tub.
Once your septic tank reaches maximum capacity, it will also fill your seepage pit. The seepage pit is where the liquid waste filters to before it's absorbed into the soil. When the septic tank is filled to capacity, you may notice wet spots in your yard. This is from the liquid waste escaping from the tank and leaking into your yard.
If you have a septic tank, it's important that it receive proper servicing. To prevent the emergency situations described above, you need to have your septic tank pumped at least once every three to five years. One place you can call is Ace Sanitation Service.